Vault Law Editors

Vault’s Law Blog covers news and trends relating to legal careers. Law Blog contributors offer insights on the legal industry and provide career advice for law students, attorneys and JDs.

Contributors have included:

  • Brian Dalton: Brian received a JD from Fordham Law School and a BA in History from Middlebury College. Following law school, Brian worked as an associate at a New York City law firm.
  • Vera Djordjevich: Vera is currently the Director of Research & Consulting at Vault. A former litigator, she holds degrees from New York University School of Law and Stanford University.
  • Mary Kate Sheridan: Mary Kate holds a JD from Columbia Law School and a BA in English from Mary Washington College. Mary Kate is a writer, editor and attorney, who previously worked as a litigation associate at a large law firm.
  • Rachel Marx Boufford: Rachel is a recruiting and marketing professional and previously worked as a litigation associate at a large New York law firm.
    Rachel has a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Tufts University.

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Going Local: Introducing Vault's 2012 Regional Rankings

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 20, 2011

While many BigLaw firms are global jetsetters, with cases across the world, legal practice also often has a significant local component. Vault's regional rankings go beyond overall prestige and delve into which firms are on top in their respective regions. In this year's survey of almost 16,000 law firm associates, we asked attorneys their perspectives on peer firms within their specific locations. Below is a list of the firms that ranked No. 1 in regions across the U.S., along... Read More >

Announcing Vault's 2012 Quality of Life Rankings

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 12, 2011

Grueling hours, tight deadlines and demanding work are the standards of BigLaw life, but how associates fare under these intense conditions may depend greatly on quality of life within the firm. When it comes to associate satisfaction, one firm stands out from all of the others in the newly-released Vault 2012 "Best Law Firms to Work For": Williams & Connolly (find the complete rankings here).Pushing Ropes & Gray-which held the No. 1 spot for the past two... Read More >

Salaries Drop for Recent Law School Grads

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 11, 2011

Last week, NALP released a new report on starting salaries for the class of 2010, and just like recent law grads' job prospects, their salary potential is looking down. According to The AmLaw Daily, "the median starting salary for 2010 law school graduates dropped 13 percent to $63,000 when compared to the class of 2009, while the mean starting salary fell nearly 10 percent to $84,111 in the same comparison. The decreases in median and mean salary figures amount to drops of... Read More >

5 Tips for Legal Networking this Summer

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 11, 2011

It's summer-a roofdeck somewhere is calling to you, and you're not giving up a chance to leave work while it's still light out so that you can go sit in some stuffy legal event with a bunch of strangers.Understandable, but networking shouldn't stop just because summer has started. The social aspects of summer and the fact that you may have more time due to a less demanding work schedule or summer break may provide you the perfect opportunity to build invaluable... Read More >

The Unthinkable Future of the Legal Industry

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 11, 2011

Lawyers may be set in their ways, but the legal industry has changed dramatically over the past decade. The introduction of social media, new technology and the recession have all impacted the legal practice with the boom of resources we may not have imagined ten years ago: networking via online tools like LinkedIn and Twitter, outsourcing junior attorneys' work, and iPad trial exhibits, just to name a few.Matt Homann-consultant on creative strategies for attorneys and blogger... Read More >

Legal Field Loses Thousands of Jobs in June

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 11, 2011

When it comes to the legal job market, the first half of 2011 looks something like this: Job Cuts - 4, Job Openings - 2. We've seen jobs decline in four of the past six months; only January and May brought job growth with 500 and 200 jobs added, respectively. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' recent data, June jumped on the legal sector's negative job trend, saying goodbye to 2,600 jobs.While this news is obviously disconcerting for unemployed lawyers and law... Read More >

Public Interest Path to Asylum Innovation

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 30, 2011

Before Munmeeth Soni entered law school at American University in DC, she knew she wanted to be a public interest attorney. "I had always been interested in advocacy," she says. In her post-undergraduate job with the Social Science Research Council, Soni worked in the South Asia program, focusing on refugees, migration and sexuality. As she learned about the legal aspect of the work, she realized that attorneys were "better positioned to effect change and have a direct... Read More >

7 Tips for Surviving the Last Month of Bar Exam Studying

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 29, 2011

The bar exam is less than one month away, and right around now is when the real fear and anxiety about the test start to set in. Your MBE practice tests aren't going as well as you hoped, and sample essays are taking you down. Or everything is going just fine, but you've convinced yourself you're going to fail anyway. Take a deep breath, and check out the below tips on getting through the next few weeks of studying.1.If you don't have a schedule yet, get one... Read More >

Too Many Lawyers

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 27, 2011

According to one recent study, New York has a whole lot of lawyers with not a whole lot of legal stuff to do.Today, the New York Times reported on a recent study by consulting company Economic Modeling Specialists Inc. ("EMSI") regarding the surplus of attorneys in the U.S. EMSI researched the number of individuals who passed the bar exam in 2009 and the estimated number of legal job openings through 2015 (pulled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau). The... Read More >

6 Tips for Bidding on Law Firm Interview Spots

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 27, 2011

The time has come-or it's almost here-for 1Ls seeking summer associate positions and 2Ls looking for associate positions to bid on interview spots in their schools' fall interview programs. With a large list of names staring back at students, it can be difficult to know where to start or even how these firms differ from each other. Below are some tips to get you started on a successful bidding process. Good luck!1.Figure Out Your Career Priorities. You've... Read More >

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